AOL Cuts Remaining Mozilla Hackers

Tuesday July 15th, 2003

It has been learned through public and private sources that AOL has cut or will cut the remaining team working on Mozilla in a mass firing and are dismantling what was left of Netscape (they've even pulled the logos off the buildings). Some will remain working on Mozilla during the transition, and will move to other jobs within AOL.

The news isn't all doom and gloom, folks. I've been informed that the number of volunteer Mozilla hackers started eclipsing the number of Netscape hackers last month, and that a number of folks have already been snatched up by other organizations.

Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Looks like folks are starting to post to

UPDATE: I was told to stress that Mozilla will continue, and that many of the folks let go today will continue to devote time and energy to it. I'd like to wish all the best of luck, and I'd like to thank everyone for the amazing contributions that they have made over the past five years.

UPDATE #3: Some changes made to the main text above.

#126 There is a slight resemblance, but....

by bheerssen

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 10:50 AM

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I think the two are sufficiently different. However, I also think the Mozilla Firebird logo looks too much like a Soviet sickle. Take that with Mozilla's red star and one might be led to think that Mozilla embodies the Communist/Soviet mindset. Regardless of the accuracy of that thought, I think the icons do nothing to endear Mozilla in the public arena here in the U.S.

This brings up an interesting problem. Icons hold strong psychological power, and the same icon may represent different, conflicting concepts in various parts of the world. Since mozilla already supports internationization, perhaps icons could be chosen appropriately based on that. Eg: us/english users get the lizard, ru/russian users might get the star, and chinese users could have something that makes sense in their culture - all based on internationization settings.